RESTITUTION OF A GLACIER INVERTS OUR ASSUMED PERSPECTIVE OF HUMANS AS THE CENTRE OF OUR ECOSYSTEM, MAKING US RETHINK OUR INTERDEPENDENCE WITH NON-HUMAN ENTITIES ON THE PLANET.

In a post-abundant Austria, natural entities have gained the status of a legal person. According to the „Declaration of Rights for Natural Entities”, issued by a future Austrian government, certain entities are entitled to certain rights, including the right to bring proceedings in front of court. The case exhibited tells the story of a melting glacier, which – represented by its guardian – claims restitution through civil forces in the form of a physical rebuilding. This Sisyphean task is expected to last for multiple generations, as an attempt to re-establish the injured entity’s dignity. 
Visitors to the installation experienced an atmospheric soundscape featuring cracking sounds of a glacier occasionally disrupted by the noise of a siren. Reacting to this alarm, life-sized figures fulfilling their compensatory civil service – spraying water to replenish the melting glacier – appear on the translucent face of a monumental ice-like structure.
"Restitution of A Glacier" was part of the Austrian Pavilion "After Abundance" at the London Design Biennale 2018 themed "Emotional State" and shown at Somerset House.